Shoppers from Dimapur rendezvous for Sunday shopping in Karbi Anglong

Shoppers from Dimapur rendezvous for Sunday shopping in Karbi Anglong
Customers throng fishmonger stalls in Lahorijan. Nagaland registered vehicles at the Essar petrol pump in Khatkhati. New Market Dimapur wears a deserted look. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/28/2019 11:10:09 AM IST

As one drives from Dimapur city to neighbouring Lahorijan or Khatkhati in nearby Karbi Anglong on a Sunday, the difference between them reveals the effect of the Sunday market closure.

After the ban on Sunday shopping in Dimapur, markets in Lahorijan and Khatkati areas have become the destination of shoppers from Dimapur. 

Though pharmacies and bakeries/eateries etc. are relaxed from the purview of the ban, a number of the latter choose to play safe by remaining shut.

It was also noticed that many vendors from Dimapur shifted base to Khatkhati and nearby areas in order to ensure they did not suffer breaks in business. The loss in terms of economy is considerable since food items especially fish, meat products and vegetables are daily use items.

Also, most of the vehicles plying between Dimapur and Lahorijan/Khatkhati bore NL registration. If the Sunday market closure is Dimapur’s loss, it is also Karbi Anglong’s gain. 

The normally hugely crowded markets in Dimapur wear a deserted look on Sunday such as the fish stalls and meat shops at New Market and railway bazaar. 

Though pharmacies are exempt from Sunday closure, many were closed. 

When this Reporter spoke to six shopkeepers in Lahorijan and Khatkhati, they disclosed that they had more customers on Sundays than other days. Butchers, fish and poultry vendors had high sales since the markets had more than double the number of shoppers on Sunday and most of who were from Dimapur.

There were long queues in several fish and meat stalls as the demand outstripped supply.

This Reporter spoke to a government servant from Medizpehma, who drove all the way to Khatkhati just to refill fuel in his car. 

This was confirmed at the Essar petrol pump where this Reporter observed a long line of vehicles and auto-rickshaws from Nagaland, mostly from Dimapur. 

There were two lines of vehicles at the Essar petrol pump- one for commercial vehicles like auto-rickshaws, trucks and buses and the other for private vehicles. The issue of Sunday shopping is as varied with some for and other against. Be that as it may, traders in Lohorijan and Khatkhati said they hoped their fortunes would see further rise in the next few months followed by opening of more shops and business firms to serve the customers from Dimapur.

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